Aims and Ethos
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an intrinsic part of our everyday lives. Our aim within the school curriculum is to prepare our girls to participate in a rapidly changing society in which work and other forms of activity are increasingly dependent on ICT.
Through weekly lessons, girls have the opportunity to explore different areas within computer science; this enables them to develop their computational thinking and problem solving skills through coding programmes and specialist software. eSafety is covered throughout the year to ensure an ongoing, relevant and thorough understanding of safe internet use.
Additionally, the subject develops the girls’ digital literacy, including the ability to use information sources and tools to help them find, explore, develop, analyse, and present information, and to support their problem solving, investigative and expressive work.
At Wilberforce House, the girls are introduced to Computing in Reception. In the early years especially, the computer significantly enhances their multisensory approach towards a rewarding level of achievement in reading, writing and numeracy. From Year 1 upwards all the girls have weekly Computing lessons. Each classroom at Wilberforce House has a bank of computers so girls can develop their skills and investigate, develop and learn at their own pace. Classroom cameras, iPads, Beebots and laptops are used to enhance learning across the curriculum.
At Spencer House the girls have weekly Computing lessons, using a combination of lap tops, iPads, and wireless robotic kits. The progression and continuity of skills are developed in these lessons, through purposeful cross-curricular activities. Topics cover coding, computational thinking, data handling, digital art and graphics, multi-media presentations, website design and safe use of the internet.
Our computer network allows shared learning resources across the school, with internet access and wireless connectivity. Both Spencer House and Wilberforce House have their own banks of lap tops and iPads. There are interactive white boards in all teaching areas to encourage a multimedia approach to teaching and learning.
Beyond the Classroom
Children have the opportunity to develop their skills further through attending clubs. Increasingly, they are using online resources at home to back up work done at school.